H. Joyce Pase Ashby Ziesemer, age 95 years, a native of Thomas, a resident of St. George, WV and more recently a resident of Gainesville, VA, departed this life Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the Lake Manassas Rehab Center in Gainesville, VA.
She was born Friday, July 24, 1925 at Thomas, WV, a daughter of the late William Henry Pase and Blanche Mabel Troutman Pase. She was twice married. First to Ellis Ashby and second to Owen Ziesemer, both who preceded her in death.
Surviving are two sons, Ellis Ashby, Jr. of Thomas, WV and Patrick Ashby of Huntington, WV; one daughter, Linda Ashby Guerrieri and husband Frank of Gainesville, VA; five grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Jack and her beloved grand dog, Elle Cupcake.
She is the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by a baby brother, Sylvester Pase and one sister, Zelda Pase Seaman.
She attended St. Thomas Catholic School and Mountaineer High School. She worked and retired from the Tucker County Board of Education as a custodian and attended Sycamore Grove Church at Bull Run. Joyce worked tirelessly for the Cancer Society and the Tucker County Historical Society. She was loved by her entire community and had an open-door policy and always a helping hand. Joyce was a pretty amazing lady, and her neighbors adored her. She enjoyed gardening in her spare time. The family suggest that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Tucker County Animal Shelter, 586 Brooklyn Heights, Parsons, WV. 26287.
The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 4 PM to 7 PM. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:30 AM. The Rev. Father Timothy Grassi will officiate. Cremation will follow with a Graveside Service on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 10 AM at the Rose Hill Cemetery at Thomas WV. As we continue to follow the CDC guidelines and the recent mandate by Gov. Jim Justice, social distancing as well as mask will be required for those in attendance. We encourage our communities to support one another through leaving memories and condolences.